Annis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Annis is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the personal name Agnes, which itself is derived from the Greek name Hagne, which means pure and holy. The name was also used in the Latin phrase Agnus Dei, which means lamb of God. The personal name Agnes was popularized by devotees, the early Christian martyr, Saint Agnes.

Early Origins of the Annis family

The surname Annis was first found in the English midlands county of Nottinghamshire from very ancient times, where the family name held vast estates and were an important contribution to the early life and times of the county. They are recorded in the Domesday Book as holding lands and manors. The Domesday Book was compiled by Duke William in the year 1086 A.D.

Early History of the Annis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Annis research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1402 and 1384 are included under the topic Early Annis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Annis Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Annis are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Annis include: Anniss, Anness, Arness, Annison, Arnison, Annes and many more.

Early Notables of the Annis family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Annis family to Ireland

Some of the Annis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Annis migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Annis or a variant listed above:

Annis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Annis, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • William Annis, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • William Annis, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • Jane Annis, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Curmac Annis, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1666 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Annis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Annis, who landed in Massachusetts in 1776 [1]
Annis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Annis, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]

Canada Annis migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Annis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Asa Annis, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Australia Annis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Annis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • C. Annis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Annis (post 1700) +

  • Edward R. Annis (1913-2009), Florida surgeon
  • Robert L. Annis, American musician and Dean and Director of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University
  • William Perley Annis (1857-1923), American 19th-century Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Robert “Bob” Joseph Annis (1928-1995), American soccer defender
  • Richard C. Annis, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 17th Circuit, 1959 [3]
  • Norman L. Annis, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 43rd District, 1940 [3]
  • Foster V. Annis, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bremen, Indiana, 1928-34 [3]
  • Elmer L. Annis, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Millsfield, 1956 [3]
  • Charles H. Annis, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fourteenth Essex District, 1923-24 [3]
  • Billy Annis (1878-1938), English football player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. James E Annis (b. 1913), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Upton-on-Severn, Worchester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Annis, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [5]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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